Definition of ayatollah noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˌaɪəˈtɒlə//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌaɪəˈtoʊlə//
Religious people
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a religious leader of Shiite Muslims in Iran See related entries: Religious people Word Origin 1950s: from Persian, from Arabic 'āyatu-llāh, literally ‘token of God’.
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